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I entered the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), a 2-year fellowship run by CDC and designed to give practical field epidemiology experience to future public health practitioners who will work at international, national, state, and local levels. I had done some international work, mainly family practice, during medical school in Scotland and Ireland, and had traveled extensively through Southeast Asia. Before entering CDC, I had a great desire to work in an international health setting. Although my EIS assignment was mainly domestic (infectious disease mortality surveillance and investigation), I looked for international opportunities while at CDC, which included investigation of lead poisoning in Egypt, participation in an international refugee health training program, and participation in a national, population-based survey of disability, mortality, and mental health in Afghanistan. International ...